Dr. Alison Sanders, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Preventive Medicine, was featured in the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2015 press release, which included current kidney health research findings from scientists across the country. Dr. Sanders’ study investigated the effect of lead exposure in pregnancy and in infancy on blood pressure levels in young children. The team designed the study to examine the developmental origins of adult hypertension, which is believed to begin in childhood or even the prenatal period. Findings from this study may have implications for determining when interventions to prevent hypertension should occur.
On November 6, 2015, Dr. Homero Harari, TCEEE member, joined U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Nancy Alderman of Environment and Health Inc. to advocate for further investigation into potentially harmful chemicals and carcinogens in crumb rubber filling found in turf fields and playgrounds. Senator Blumenthal wrote a letter to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission calling for a federal study of crumb rubber to assess potential health threats, and Dr. Harari spoke in support of his proposal at the press event.
New TCEEE member Allan Just, PhD, recently contributed an article to the NIEHS Global Environmental Health blog. In his post, Dr. Just describes his experience researching air pollution in Mexico City, as well as the benefits and challenges of international collaboration in environmental health. Dr. Just serves as an Assistant Professor in the Preventive Medicine Department at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Dr. Manish Arora, TCEEE member, was interviewed for a news story on environmental factors that contribute to autism. As described in both Spectrum and Slate articles, Dr. Arora’s research using baby teeth is highlighted as a groundbreaking approach to reconstruct chemical exposures that occurred before birth.
TCEEE member Dr. Joseph Buxbaum is one of 70 new members to be elected to the National Academy of Medicine. Dr. Buxbaum is the Director of the Seaver Autism Center for Research and Treatment at Mount Sinai, as well as the founder and co-leader of the Autism Sequencing Consortium. Learn more about the Seaver Center here.
Dr. Perry Sheffield, TCEEE member and Assistant Professor in Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics, was quoted in an article describing the health effects of climate change, which have particularly important implications for children. Dr. Sheffield also serves as the Deputy Director of Mount Sinai’s Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) and her research has focused on climate change and related health consequences, such as asthma.
TCEEE member Dr. Elizabeth Garland was quoted in an article describing the health benefits of green building policies and practices. Dr. Garland has conducted research on the health effects of green public housing in NYC, and was recognized for her work with an award from the American Public Health Association in September, 2015.
We are proud to announce that Dr. Manish Arora and Dr. Hirofumi Morishita have won the inaugural Faculty Idea Prize from Sinai Innovations for their work on the development of new biomarkers of brain plasticity. They will apply this technology to study environmental determinants of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. The Faculty Idea Prize is designed to highlight a collaborative, innovative, research idea that can potentially be translated into a marketable product that can create value through the development of therapeutics, devices, diagnostics, or digital health applications.
The NYC Air Quality Symposium took place at the CUNY Advanced Science Research Center on October 1, 2015. Dr. Perry Sheffield, TCEEE member and Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics, participated in a panel on the Public Health Context of Air Pollution. Dr. Sheffield discussed academic research on air quality and health taking place in NYC. Air pollution is one environmental factor that presents a significant problem for health outcomes, particularly in children.
Research teams from the Department of Preventive Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, in collaboration with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), were recently awarded two grants from the NIH’s new Child Health Environmental Assessment Resource program (CHEAR) to study “exposomics,” the comprehensive study of environmental exposures in humans from conception through development. Mount Sinai is the only institution to receive grants for two of CHEAR’s three components. The research teams from Mount Sinai are led by TCEEE members Dr. Robert Wright (Chair) and Dr. Susan Teitelbaum. Read more about the partnership between the Icahn School of Medicine and RPI here. Click here to view the Mount Sinai press release.